OUR mission statement
MADE ON THE LEFT was founded in 2008 by independent designers to support Western Australian creative talent. We hold bi-annual handmade craft markets to showcase local designers.
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Our aim is to support all creative designers and events showcasing independent labels. MOTL is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation. You may wonder why we promote other markets besides MOTL; it’s because it’s not about us, its about you; the buyers and sellers of indie wares. Here at the blog, you’ll discover up to date information about our latest market, the low-down on some of
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Saturday, July 25
My name is Georgina Drury and I'm a New Zealander living in Perth (don't hold it against me). I have been here now for four years and I've always been interested in anything crafty whether it be painting or jewellery making. The items I have been creating for Red Copper Fox are wooden geometric necklaces, they are all hand painted with my own colour combinations. Recently I have gotten into making geometric concrete pots that my partner designed and made the mold for and taught me how to pour the concrete. I have just started making concrete pendants too- these are a work in progress, but I should have a limited number available at the upcoming market.
Red Copper Fox is fairly new, I only created the etsy page in May, but I have been making Jewellery for myself for over 5 years if not longer. I started making jewellery for myself after seeing a particular colour combination of a necklace and discovering my love for geometric beads. People started asking me for them so it grew from there. The concrete pot side of it was because I wanted one for our house, but couldn't find them anywhere so my partner made me one and from there we just kept making them.
Although I love the necklaces so much I think my favourite thing I'll be selling this weekend at the markets will be the geometric pots- I think they are very special, especially the ones I have hand painted on.
Sunday, July 12
Name our market mascots and win! Our kingfisher friends need a name. If you come up with our favourite names, you will win a print of the poster artwork by Sally Ridge Illustration. We'll be taking entries here on the blog, on our Facebook page and on Instagram (@madeontheleft). Please get your suggestions in by Wednesday 22nd July, 2015. We look forward to hearing your name choices!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi there! My name's Hanaé Meyer, I'm 23, and I started the Sponthanaeity stall in early 2015. I have a background in fine art, a BA in Creative Writing (yes, not only is that a real degree, but it's also one I'm very passionate about), and presently I'm undertaking honours at Curtin. I grew up in a very arty household, and have helped out with my parents' market stall, mthreeidea, for the past five years. I've lived in most of the states at some point, but for the past thirteen years I've called Perth home, and I absolutely love it.
Where did your business name come from?
Clearly I put my degree in creative writing to good use when I decided on my business name, combining my first name with the word "spontaneity."
I'm always having new ideas pop into my head at the most inconvenient of moments (you wouldn't believe the number of times I've left a room mid-sentence to find a scrap of paper to write some of them down), so that's where the spontaneity part comes from! There's a bit of irony in the name though, as most of my art actually takes a really long time to produce.
What sort of items do you make and sell?
I do a bit of everything really, but I love to work with paper and books. Most of my work will either be about books or made from books.
The collage pieces are a labour of love. I love old books, reading, and collecting novels to add to the ever-growing "to-read" pile, so when I see a beautiful antique or vintage book that has been battered about and damaged, I love giving it a new life as a work of art when it can no longer be enjoyed or appreciated for its intended purpose. I particularly enjoy working with paper from the 1800's and early 1900's. The paper is so thick and textured, and the golds and browns which evolve as the paper ages look beautiful against the white backgrounds. If I have some gold gilt-edged pages to play with, even better! The gilt will just glow when light hits it.
I use vintage atlases to create fun pinwheels (even if there's no breeze, they're an interesting abstract geography lesson).
I also create what I call Literary Prints. These are designs which look like the covers of popular book titles from a distance, but up close, you'll see they're composed of quotes and lines from that particular title.
At the moment I'm creating a series of watercolour drawings of vintage typewriters, cameras, and various objects that have captured my attention.
What do you find is the biggest challenge when starting to sell your art?
The biggest challenge has been trying to value my time and work! I'm so used to creating art just for myself, my parents, or giving things away to friends, so when it comes to markets I have complete strangers tell me to value my time and skills more! I've got my head around it now, but it's something I have to keep reminding myself because I really enjoy what I do and sometimes forget that it's also my only income!
What do you find is the best form of marketing for your business?
Meeting people face to face at markets is fantastic, and I enjoy being able to communicate my ideas on the spot and actually have a conversation with customers or get feedback.
As for marketing my business from home, even though I was late to the party, and only joined this year, I love Instagram! I really enjoy photographing close-up details of the antique and vintage paper pieces, so it's a great way for me to share the joy of these beautiful old books. I'm also on Facebook, which works really well for connecting with customers, taking orders from all over the place, and sharing market details with Perth locals.
What are your hopes for Sponthanaeity in the future?
I want to create large-scale works using the salvaged book paper and hopefully have a small exhibition, but until then, I hope to get out to lots of markets around Perth and continue meeting fellow book/art/typewriter lovers! A long-term goal is to take a working holiday adventure on the high seas with a sketch pad, water colours, and a camera, combining my art and writing to document my journey, turning it into a big creative project!
Where can we find you on the net?
You can follow me on Instagram, I'm @sponthanaeity
I can be contacted for orders, market details, or just to say hi on the Sponthanaeity Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sponthanaeity
Top five tips for young artists who are thinking of starting to sell their art:
1. Embrace your individuality! Trends will come and go, and you might feel really, really, REALLY tempted to join the bandwagon, but just remember that no one will draw, paint, sculpt, build, write, or create in the exact same way as you, so use that to your advantage.
2. If you're going to join the market scene, be prepared for late nights, early mornings, and minimal sleep. And never run your market stall on an empty stomach... you will get cranky.
3. Value your talent! Some days it will seem like no one you know appreciates the effort you put into your work, then a stranger will come along and say the most lovely things about your art, and you'll be on cloud nine all day.
4. Engage with your customers/audience. I find it so disappointing if I'm looking at a stall and the person there is more interested in their phone than telling me about their awesome artwork!
5. Keep track of your ideas, notes, and plans as you go (even if it's on little scraps of paper!). There's nothing worse than having a great idea get away from you!
Friday, July 10
Vic Park Collective are excited to present Collective Treasures! A monthly suitcase market happening in Vic Park, in the IGA laneway.
The next one is coming up on Sunday 18 July, 11am-2pm. Grab a coffee from a nearby cafe and browse to your heart's content. There will be one each season with next one after this on Saturday 24 October - Garage Sale Trail day!
Stallholder spots are $10 but the fee is waived if you can BYO marquee.
To be a stallholder please contact email@example.com
Thursday, June 18
View the gift guide here.
Monday, May 25
Applications for our July market are now open! Go to our website to apply and make sure to read the FAQs first.
Tuesday, May 12
Sally says, "For me, the loveliest part of Made on The Left is arriving home with a treasure or two in tow. I put on the kettle and enjoy a sweet treat from a Made On The Left seller and finding a home for my newly acquired goodies. The feeling of bringing a treasure home to the nest was my inspiration for the poster design.
I chose Sacred Kingfishers because they are such beautiful, native WA birds – my husband and I often see them in our garden. The composition is a bit of a nod to Audubon’s ‘Carolina Parakeet’ – he is my favourite artist and an Ornithologist who had such an astounding knack for capturing the beauty of birds.
You might also notice some wonderful work in the birds’ nest from some of my favourite retailers and market buddies Enid Twiglet, Little Sketchy and Charlie and James too!"
Thanks, Sally! We hope everyone likes it as much as we do.
If you'd like to apply for this market, we will be opening applications soon, so keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page.
Monday, May 11
What sort of things does Soft Constructions encompass?
Soft Constructions is a Perth based illustration and design studio focused on creating unique, original and playful designs and products for their customers and clients. I use popular culture as inspiration and then utilise both hand worked and digital techniques (combined with a twist of humour) to create designs that can find themselves on any number of products. There is a retail side to the business as well as a design side that is more focused on creating custom designs and products for clients such as menus, uniforms, logos etc.
I know you have a background in both art and design, what was it that attracted you to the textile side of design?I had always been involved in working with textiles. Even at art school I did a lot of experimentation with textiles and sculpture. I guess there is something about the tactility of it being able to be used to create 2d and 3d shapes. I enjoy working between the two spheres of art and design because it gives me a creative outlet but I can still be business focused.
Can you briefly explain what is involved in your design process?
I do a bit of trend research and come up with some ideas. Then I collect imagery and after that I start piecing together my designs. From there I start incorporating puns and drawing them and painting them as I see fit. Next I scan the design in and do any digital alterations and edits to it and it gets made into whichever product it needs to be.
|Images courtesy of Soft Constructions|
Does Soft Constructions offer you a creative outlet that is different to when you have done work in the fashion industry?
Definitely. Soft Constructions allows me to utilize more of my skills and gives me the freedom to cross over into multiple disciplines. I also get to indulge in my illustration skills, which is great!
A lot of your designs incorporate humour, have you always enjoyed the pun game or did that come through developing your practice?
I’ve always had a bit of a sense of humour. Some people enjoy it and some people don’t, it wasn’t always very well received when I was in art school. I feel like I have the ability to switch between serious and funny though and know the circumstances in which to use my comedic devices.
What is your favourite aspect of your work for Soft Constructions?
My favourite aspect is constantly growing the business into new and exciting places. As I grow more opportunities come up and I really enjoy the challenge of being faced with new problems to solve.
Do you try to source your materials and services locally?
I try to source as much locally as I can and if I can’t source it locally I use Australian suppliers. It can be hard but I seem to be able to make it work at the moment.
|Images courtesy of Soft Constructions|
How important has it been to the success of Soft Constructions to have support from the community and likeminded people?
It has been really important. Being able to be inspired by the people around you gives you the strength to grow and flourish as a business. I love being around people that are as excited as I am to make a difference and create unique and successful businesses.
What project/s are you currently working on?
I have lots of little things in the works. I have a few custom products with local businesses that I’ll be able to let you in on soon. I also have plans to grow the business into a very exciting place next year but I can’t say too much.
Where can we find your designs and products?
You can find our products at www.softconstructions.com and in:
Sugar and Nice, Inglewood The Little Cheese Shop, Bayswater
Common Ground, Fremantle Kakulas Sister, Fremantle
The Tenth State, Nedlands Perth Upmarket
And soon to be in:
Compendium, Fremantle Addison and Steele, North Perth
Sunday, April 26
1. These little Dreamy Mountain brooches made of polymer clay are created by The Forest Mori. Find these brooches and her other creations in her new Etsy store: www.etsy.com/au/shop/TheForestMori
2. Jayde's Braille Cards are truly an imaginative and creative idea. Each card is made featuring braille code which is used to create cards with braille writing as well as cute pictures you can both see and touch! Contact her via Facebook to order your cards: www.facebook.com/jaydesbraillecards
3. Keeping Sunday produces spa and beauty products for both men and women with products sourced locally. Consider an ideal Lip Scrub before winter sets in or have a look at her other products in her online store: www.etsy.com/au/shop/keepingsunday
4. If you haven't heard of her you should. K Gets Organised designs and makes the most beautiful of stationery, gifts and cards and she has collaborated with a local florist to offer a wonderful package at an amazing price. Find it on her site here: kgetsorganised.bigcartel.com/product/mothers-day-gift-pack
5. Little L has been cross stitching for only a few years but her has passion has created modern and quaint cross stitches. She has in stock a number of different cross stitches so you are bound to find one you or your mum would love. See them here: littlelonlineshop.bigcartel.com/products
6. Made from authentic vintage watches, Hello Mr Badger creates truly one of a kind pieces of jewellery from necklaces to rings. Find her at her next market or purchase something special online: www.etsy.com/au/shop/Hellomrbadger